Fall in crime figures 'may be exaggerated', says ONS

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A study of crime trends in England and Wales suggests the fall in offences recorded by police may have been exaggerated.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the "rate of reduction" in recorded crime "may overstate" the decrease.

Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: "Crime continues to fall under this government...and is now at the lowest level since the survey began".

ONS statistician John Flatley said the bigger falls in police-recorded crimes may be due to pressures to meet targets on crime reduction and detections.

Mark Easton reports.

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